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Decadence and virtue combine in the Ultimate Stak from GRUBSTAK: waffle fries, greens, pork belly, barbecue beef, and a fried egg.
Decadence and virtue combine in the Ultimate Stak from GRUBSTAK: waffle fries, greens, pork belly, barbecue beef, and a fried egg.
Stephanie Funk

Three Bites of Restaurant News From the PHX That You Need to Know

We've got a lot of few restaurants in the Phoenix area and anodther popular one on the way plus an old one that's been judged one of the best in the United States.  Here's what you need to know from the food scene from the past week.

Little Miss BBQ's legendary smoked pecan pie is now available at a second location in the Sunnyslope section of Phoenix.
Little Miss BBQ's legendary smoked pecan pie is now available at a second location in the Sunnyslope section of Phoenix.
Chris Malloy

19 New Restaurants Open in November
November has been an exciting month for the Phoenix culinary scene as 19 new restaurants have opened. Crème brulee and grilled-cheese doughnuts; lobster, asparagus, Asiago and Parmesan mac and cheese; and venison sliders are just some of the far-from-ordinary menu items now available in the Phoenix metro area. Many of the openings are new locations for old favorites like Whining Pig, Baja Fresh, and Little Miss BBQ. Among the closings was a favorite of soccer fans, the Rose and Crown Pub.

The entrance to the new Cafe Monarch facility, which is across the street from its old location in Scottsdale.
The entrance to the new Cafe Monarch facility, which is across the street from its old location in Scottsdale.
Cafe Monarch/Harley Bonham Photography

This Scottsdale Restaurant Was Named Third Best in the U.S. for Fine Dining
Scottsdale's Cafe Monarch added to a growing list of accolades Monday night when TripAdvisor named it the third-best restaurant for fine dining in the U.S. Earlier this year, Yelp named Cafe Monarch the most romantic restaurant in the county. Cafe Monarch also has been named by OpenTable as one of the top 100 restaurants for wine lovers and for foodies in the country, and is also a three-time winner of Phoenix New Times' Best of Phoenix awards. TripAdvisor, which bills itself as the world's largest travel website, said the winners in its competition were selected using "an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world" during the past year. “The food was exceptional in quality and presentation – a real delight for the taste buds. The staff pampered us and made us feel right at home in this former mansion. We had a most memorable meal in this world class restaurant,” noted a TripAdvisor diner.

The paintings and murals on the walls of The Sicilian Butcher are handmade.
The paintings and murals on the walls of The Sicilian Butcher are handmade.
Chris Malloy

The Sicilian Butcher Will Open in Chandler
The Sicilian Butcher took to Instagram recently to post a photo of its new Chandler location, which is set to open by the end of the year. This second location of the Italian restaurant comes with two new additions: a market and build-your-own cannoli bar, as originally reported by ABC15. Joey Maggiore, the chef of both Sicilian Butcher and Hash Kitchen, told ABC15 there will be a dozen or so different cream fillings, including regular, chocolate, tiramisu, and Nutella. The 4,600-square-foot restaurant will open at Chandler Viridian Primegate at Fashion Center near Frye and Price roads. East Valley folk, get ready to choose your own dining adventure, if you will – and remember... "leave the gun, take the cannoli."

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